A group of rural Victorian parents have received a national award at Government House, Canberra, by initiating a collective impact response to reducing isolation for local families.
Backbone support from the collective impact initiative, Go Goldfields, part of the Opportunity Child Collective, assisted the volunteer parent group known as the Central Goldfields Child Aware Local Initiative (CALI) Group to meet regularly and devise ways for local families to link into their community.
The ‘Build Your Village Here’ website is the brainchild of the Maryborough parents who set out to make sure all children within their Shire could take part in the activities that their own children enjoyed.
The group’s vision:
“Through forming strong and healthy connections with other children and their families, the children in our community will be confident, safe, happy, healthy and creatively engaged.”
“Parenting can be so isolating”, says Maree Elliott, a group member. “The website supports parents to create their own “village” by offering information that will enable them to take advantage of the amazing services and activities our community offers.”
The parent group was presented with a national award at Government House in Canberra during Child Protection Week. The NAPCAN – National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect – Play Your Part Award recognise organisations and individuals who are working to create safer, healthier and happier environments for children.
Go Goldfields facilitated the CALI group meetings and provided backbone support while the initiative received national support from the Australian Centre for Child Protection and Families Australia, who also provided financial support.
The backbone support from Go Goldfields enabled the group to build capacity to scale up their efforts to work collaboratively across their whole community. The CALI group have mobilised local businesses and professionals to spread awareness of the ‘Build Your Village Here’ website, and have also received a scholarship from Rotary to attend a Playgroup Conference in Melbourne.
By adopting a collective impact approach, this local initiative in Go Goldfields is making its mark on improving outcomes for local children.
For more information: Go Goldfields website